Steam cleaners are becoming increasingly popular for their ability to deep-clean surfaces without the use of harsh chemicals. From floors to upholstery, these versatile devices use high-temperature steam to kill germs and remove dirt and grime. Here are the different ways you can use steam cleaners and the benefits of using them.
How steam cleaning works
A steam cleaner, also known as a steam vacuum heats water past its boiling point, forcing it out s pasteurized steam through a nozzle or other attachment. The vapour loosens dirt and kills dust mites, bacteria and other allergens. The heat is great for cleaning because dirt and grime can be sticky making them difficult to clean. Once the dirt is loosened, you just wipe it off. Also, no suction is required because the high-heat moisture dries quickly.
Benefits of using steam cleaners
Steam cleaning only uses water to loosen dirt and disinfect surfaces which means you won’t have to use any chemical cleaners like bleach or ammonia. Chemicals used even in the home can leach into the soil and water and end up poisoning the environment when they go down the drain.
Because steam cleaning is chemical-free, it keeps you from having to deal with health issues that can arise from using chemical cleaners. Some health issues that can arise from using chemical cleaners include:
- Allergic reactions
- Eye, skin, and throat irritation
- Asthma and other breathing problems
Steam cleaning is also pet friendly. No need to worry about what chemicals could negatively affect your pets.
Steam cleaning is one of the most effective cleaning techniques. It:
- Kills 99.9% of germs and viruses
- Remove stains, odours, grease, bacteria, mould, yeast and fungi
- Clears away trapped pollutants
- Eliminates dust mites
- Removes even the toughest mould
- Prevents mould recurrence
This is especially important because people are spending more time than ever indoors so a cleaner, germ-free home is especially beneficial.
Easy to use
Unlike other appliances like pressure washers, steam cleaners are easy to use. Just pour tap water into the boiling tank, turn it on to heat it to the boiling point or beyond then start cleaning. Using the different attachments and brushes is intuitive with some models coming with instructions about when it’s best to use what attachment.
The versatility of steam cleaners allows you to save money on cleaning supplies and even just paying to get things done by a service. You can clean everything now from your seats to your rugs to detailing your car. No more having to pay someone or a service to handle things that before looked impossible to do on your own.
Different ways to use steam cleaners
Steam cleaners are incredibly versatile and can be used to clean almost anything in and around the house including:
- Granite surfaces
- Tables and chairs
- Stoves and ranges and the burners
- Trash cans
- Fridges, microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, grills, and other appliances
- Tile and grout
- Sinks and faucets
- Sliding door tracks
- Windows and window screens
- Wallpaper removal
- Pet beds and crates
- Children’s toys and accessories
- Getting wrinkles out of clothes
- Gym equipment
- Car Interiors
- Car engine
- Car tires and rims
The list is long. Just remember you can’t use a steam cleaner on anything you wouldn’t ordinarily clean with water including electronics, unsealed ceramic tiles, hardwood floors, musical instruments, leather upholstery, unsealed brick, marble, light fixtures and outlets and sensitive fabrics such as velvet, silk and suede.